The word “nacho” describes a tortilla chip appetizer, covered in cheese and savory toppings. While that is accurate and true, it’s truly only the chip of the nachoberg, so to speak. Nacho’s are a pub favorite, a late night movie snack, the go-to Superbowl grub and sometimes if you’re lucky they’re even your dinner. The wonderful thing about food is how it can be re-imagined and reinvented over and over again. There’s nothing wrong with classic nachos, but there’s truly so many more layers to nachos to be indulged upon. Here’s some of the best ways to nacho…
When I’m hosting any type of gathering, these are my go-to snack to prepare. It’s easy to whip up, often last minute and just uses items you have already on hand, and it doesn’t require much babysitting at all. Not to mention that they are always always devoured quickly.
http://damndelicious.net/2016/09/06/sheet-pan-nachos/?crlt.pid=camp.QC002gbMXsXh Photo by: Damn Delicious
This is a great recipe to use up leftover BBQ rotisserie chicken you might have kickin’ around in your fridge. Give it new life in a bed of skillet nachos, and no one will complain about having leftovers. Whether for dinner or game day, this is comfort food at its finest.
http://www.saltandlavender.com/bbq-chicken-skillet-nachos/ Photo by: Salt & Lavender
Oh look at us now, going off course from plates of chips into bowls of soup. This is perfect for the colder months, coupled with the increasing need for warm comfort food. Using traditional nacho toppings in the soup, you get to serve it up with tortilla chips on the side for an unconventional nacho indulgence.
http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/slow-cooker-nacho-soup/ Photo by: Baked by Rachel
Here’s where I do a little happy dance. What if we lived in a world where you can have nachos for dinner, and nachos for dessert? Earth shattering news folks, we do.
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2015/01/loaded-funfetti-dessert-nachos.html#aRCEldgywgM3ZEt9.32 Photo by: Cupcake Project
They’re Irish because they’re made with potato chips, instead of tortillas. Still all the layers of chips & cheese you know and love, with an Irish, potato-loving twist.
http://www.dinneratthezoo.com/irish-nachos/ Photo by: Dinner At The Zoo
Made with all the elements of a traditional chicken cordon bleu like chicken, ham and cheese, but piled high on tortilla chips for a somewhat upscale nacho. Ooh my, fancy nachos.
http://www.thereciperebel.com/chicken-cordon-bleu-nachos/ Photo by: The Recipe Rebel
If you’ve ever been to a Chick-Fil-A you know that waffle fries are without a doubt, the best hybrid between a fry and a chip. So, that said – let’s nacho them!
http://www.dinneratthezoo.com/waffle-fry-nachos/ Photo by: Dinner At The Zoo
When you want a healthy dessert that tastes like it’s unhealthy…apple nachos to the rescue! Nothing to feel guilty about here!
http://www.trialandeater.com/apple-nachos-with-peanut-butter-chocolate/ Photo by: Trial & Eater
This veers away from everything about traditional nachos, but it still works – deliciously! With layers of homemade sweet potato chips, toppings like black beans and cheese, then topped off with an avocado cilantro sauce, this is a side dish or appetizer you can impressively serve up. Not only that, but the sweet potatoes, creamy avocado sauce and toppings like black beans all have nutritional qualities that lend themselves positively to your diet! No need to risk the diet to indulge in these!
http://amindfullmom.com/sweet-potato-nachos-with-avocado-cilantro-cream/?utm_content=buffer2168f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer Photo by: A Mindful Mom
I’ve bought these mini Eggo waffles before. They were a lifesaver at a time that my kids still needed their waffles cut up for them (it’s the little things, yo). Looks like I’ll be needing to add them to the grocery list one again, because breakfast nachos!
http://www.shakentogetherlife.com/2016/07/banana-berry-breakfast-nachos.html Photo by: Shaken Together Life
Don’t get all uppity about suggestions of a healthier take on nachos, just finding those loopholes for the nacho lover on a diet! Plus, if you’ve never tried zucchini chips, well – you’re in for a treat. They’re much tastier than one would imagine. Additionally, these are completely meat-free as they are made with crumbled up black bean burger patties. Genius!
http://betsylife.com/zucchini-nachos-sponsored/#_a5y_p=5593913 Photo by: Betsy Life
Ever heard of a totcho? Well, let me enlighten you. It’s a tater tot nacho. You’re welcome.
https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/chindeep-3732473/state-fair-totchos-tater-tot-nachos-4750515026 Photo by: BlogLovin’
A perfect after school snack, or healthy dessert! These are made with soft flour tortillas, fresh fruit, yogurt and some cinnamon sugar love.
https://mom.me/lifestyle/19688-summer-fresh-fruit-nachos/#_a5y_p=4177362 Photo by: Mom.me
Whether you’re on a camping trip, or just want to indulge in a campfire favorite, these nachos are for sharing! The s’more the merrier (I just wanted to say that)!
http://livforcake.com/2016/03/smores-nachos.html Photo by: Liv For Cake
Have you tried Mexican street corn yet? They’ve become all the rage the last few years, with a grilled ear of corn slathered in a white sauce and sprinkled in spices…they. are. amazing. In nacho form, they’re just easier to eat, and easier to share!
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/mexican_street_corn_nachos/ Photo by: Simply Recipes
This is another great way to use up leftovers from dinner, seeing as serving the same dinner twice rarely goes over well. However, you can make your life easier (with less cooking!) by reinventing it, and saving yourself the loss of grocery money and yummy (still good!) leftovers.
http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2015/01/pulled-pork-nachos.html Photo by: Family Fresh Meals
I remember one time years ago, while trying to make nachos for unexpected guests (those are actually my favorite kind of guests!) I realized I didn’t have anything for a salsa. In a pinch, I used pizza sauce that I had in the fridge, and shredded cheese. Turns out, it’s a pretty awesome combination and became an actual thing in our house for years to come. This recipe reminded me of just that, except for one part; this recipe uses actual pizza crust! Genius!
http://taketwotapas.com/2016/06/10/pizza-nachos-pizza-crust-chips/ Photo by: Take Two Tapas
Another great leftover idea, if you had chicken last night, and need a reinvention. Buffalo chicken wing sauce is so addictive, still bringing the heat without being overwhelmingly spicy. Even the kids will indulge in this one.
http://hostthetoast.com/loaded-buffalo-chicken-nachos/ Photo by: Host The Toast
Whether this is a play on nachos, or a play on huervos rancheros, or both – it 100% needs to happen in our mornings, immediately.
http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com/2016/05/02/cheesy-breakfast-nachos-brunchweek/ Photo by: Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Looking for a warmer weather nacho-vibe? These beachy shrimp nachos are exactly what you need! Delightfully light, these will be a refreshing take on nachos, rather than the heavier versions we are all quite used to.
http://therebelchick.com/sriracha-shrimp-nachos-recipe/ Photo by: The Rebel Chick
Trying to save calories and carbs from your night time nachos? Skinny nachos are just for you! Made with thick slices of bell pepper, you won’t compromise on taste, and you’ll be eating your veggies too!
http://buttercreamblondie.com/skinny-nachos/ Photo by: Buttercream Blondie
The Superbowl is a great time to celebrate the (hopeful) victory of your favorite football team and to enjoy some of your most crave-able dishes.
It can be difficult when you’re dairy-free and everything is coated in a thick layer of queso sauce! Serve up these dairy-free nachos so that everyone can enjoy cheat day with no regrets!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/vegan-cheesy-sheet-pan-nachos/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY